Patrick McIvor


Living Up to the Labels

By Patrick McIvor | Updated: 07/01/2010 1:32:29 PM
Some of us got it right in high school, including me. It took years for me to learn that there was a game and I was supposed to play and win. I just went to my 25th high school reunion and I was interested to see how “Most Likely to Succeed” did and how “Best Smile” looked. On our drive home, my wife and I started to relate the labels to our profession. In our world, “Best Dressed,” “Most Professional,” “Perfect Attendance,” “Everyone’s Friend” and “Most Improved” is the secret to success, and if you’re smart enough to win the title, it means you’re playing the game of success. For some it comes naturally, and for others it takes a lot of hard work, but when you stand out by being one of the “best” or “most” in your salon, success is guaranteed.
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Success Secrets

By Patrick McIvor | Updated: 06/14/2010 11:27:22 AM
When people ask me to share a "secret to success" with a new person entering the industry, it always strikes me as funny … like I have any secrets. The secret to success is (dramatic pause) work hard at everything from the beginning! The longer you wait for success, the longer it will take to arrive. If you want to be successful, you need to get out there and work hard, grab success by the horns and wrestle it to the ground. Here is where success begins.
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Salons and Barber Shops: The Original Social Network

By Patrick McIvor | Updated: 06/01/2010 11:03:27 AM
Those of you who know me know I am a huge Facebooker. I went from the kid who had no one sign his high school yearbook because he had no friends (I was like Ducky from Pretty in Pink) to having over 2,700 friends on Facebook. I love Facebook and became a devotee early on because it fits so well into what we as hairdressers do every day.
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So You Want to Be an Artist

By Patrick McIvor | Updated: 05/18/2010 10:12:41 AM
People often ask me, “How do I become an artist and do what you do?” Well, be careful, you might just get what you asked for. Here is a map of success that I have created and used to guide my growth and help other friends grow to be well-known guests artists—10 Levels of an Artist, A Guide To Your Future As An Artist.
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Be Happy!

By Patrick McIvor | Updated: 04/28/2010 2:27:15 PM
My friend Winn Claybaugh wrote a book where he tells us to be nice, and I 100 percent agree. What I would love to share with so many of our industry members is also be happy.
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There Ain't No Traffic on the Extra Mile

By Patrick McIvor | Updated: 04/14/2010 9:55:10 AM
“There ain’t no traffic on the extra mile.” I was about 22 years old when I heard Rick Goldberg say that at a Clairol/Logics national sales meeting, and it has been a secret of my success to this day.
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